Buyer

Birmingham, AL

Job Summary

The Buyer position is responsible for procurement activities supporting category management strategies and business partner requirements for Southern Company fossil/hydro power generation facilities.  Duties include locating sources of supply, issuing requests for quotes, creating & issuing purchase orders (inventory, non-stock materials, and services), engaging with business unit partners, interacting with suppliers, expediting & order tracking, analyzing bids, and other supply chain duties as required.

Posting Qualifications

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Technology, Finance, or other relevant technical discipline preferred

  • Education or experience in procurement

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or other Supply Chain certification is a plus

Experience

  • Previous procurement/sourcing experience is a plus

  • IBM Maximo procurement software experience is a plus

  • Preferred: Demonstrated performance in a transactionally intensive role

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of purchasing and supply chain practices and standards

  • Ability to manage a demanding workload with competing priorities

  • Strong organizational skills and keen focus on attention to detail

  • Knowledge of Gas, Fossil/Hydro Generation, Power Delivery and/or Corporate operations purchasing is a plus

  • Supply Chain system application knowledge, understanding or experience related to, but not limited to, Maximo, GEP, Oracle Cloud is a plus

  • Professional communication skills, analytical skills, and negotiating skills

  • Ability to engage and interact with business unit personnel and suppliers

  • Strict adherence to procurement procedures, documentation obligations, and compliance requirements

  • General knowledge of business practices associated with procurement, such as budgeting, traffic/logistics, contracts, engineering, risk management, accounting, invoicing, and legal

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with business unit partners, category managers, and contract agents to best accommodate their supply chain requirements

  • Develop and evaluate proposals for materials and services to determine best purchase value

  • Issue purchase orders for the procurement of goods and services

  • Resolve conflicts and/or discrepancies involving pricing, invoicing, material specifications, delivery, and contracts

  • Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers, business unit customers, and teammates

  • Effectively meet business unit expectations

  • Must work from either the Georgia Power Corp HQ or Energy Center a minimum of three days per week with the other two days being optional remote working days

Behavioral Attributes

  • Demonstrate Southern Company Values – Safety First, Intentional Inclusion, Act with Integrity, and Superior Performance

  • Must lead by example and ensure equity and fairness in interactions with others

  • Must conduct self in a manner that builds trust and confidence with coworkers, contractors, supervisors, and management

  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity coupled with a strong customer service focus will be expected

Benefits

  • Competitive Pay

  • Excellent benefits packages which includes:

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Defined Pension/Cash Balance Benefit Plan

  • Performance-sharing plan

  • 401(k) plan with a generous company match

  • Bonus opportunities

  • Tuition Reimbursement

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 4904

Job Category: Supply Chain

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Company Services

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